Festival Information

Dickinson State University's music program will host the 59th Annual Northern Plains Music Festival, Nov. 11th and 12th. This festival features auditioned musicians from 25 different high schools in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Northern Plains Music Festival consists of four different musical groups: Mixed Honor Choir, Women's Honor Choir, Honor Band, and Percussion Ensemble.

The festival will conclude with a DSU Showcase Concert Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m. in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium (free and open to the public) and a Grand Concert Saturday, Nov. 12, at 4 p.m. in Dorothy Stickney Auditorium, May Hall. The Grand Concert is $5 for adults (students and children are no charge) with all proceeds helping to fund the continuation of this festival.

In addition to rehearsals, high school music directors will be able to attend several workshops for continuing education credit.

Concert attire

  • Men - Black slacks, white dress shirts, ties, and appropriate dress shoes/socks
  • Women - Black slacks or skirts, white blouse, and appropriate shoes/hose. Please avoid wearing heels.
  • Please dress modestly.

Audition Materials

We have created audition materials that can be rehearsed collectively by ensembles in preparation for audition to assist teachers. Please be sure to send high quality recordings. If you have any questions or suggestions for future years, please contact Dr. Jeremy Wohletz.

All applications and audition recordings due September 23rd, 2016

  • $5.00 application fee 
  • $20.00 participation fee
  • All checks payable to DSU MUSIC

Applications to Accompany Auditions:

Audition Materials


Honor Band Conductor

Dr. Lorraine FaderDr. Lorraine Fader has led ensembles, and taught horn, education courses and music appreciation at universities in Indiana, Kentucky and Florida, and for a study abroad program in Prague. Teacher training, working with bands and choirs, and teaching students of all ages are some of her other interests. She is proud of her students who are now in professional orchestras, teaching at universities such as Juilliard and Western Kentucky, and leading elementary and high school music programs. She has performed in ensembles in Canada, Europe and across the United States and in support of artists such as Vince Gill, Glen Campbell and Carrie Underwood. Her Bachelor of Music and teaching certification are from University of British Columbia, Canada, her Master’s from University of Washington, and her Doctorate in Horn Performance from Florida State University.

At Dickinson State University, Dr. Fader leads the Blue Hawk Concert Band and Pep Band and is responsible for all brass instruction and ensembles. She also supervises student teachers and teaches piano proficiency, music appreciation, methods classes, and the music education courses.

Her university teaching experience includes teaching similar courses and the horn studio at University of Evansville, Indiana, Western Kentucky University, and at Florida A & M University. She also has extensive experience teaching all subjects, as a music specialist and in teacher training in elementary level education in Canada, where she also served as an advisor to the provincial government for curriculum development and as Coordinator of Teacher Training and Fine and Performing Arts. Other education experience was as the Education Director and Librarian for Owensboro Symphony, KY, and through developing and leading instrumental band and music programs in homeschool associations in Seattle, WA, and Indiana. She has conducted and led small and large ensembles of all types. Her extensive private music studio has had award-winning students and first-chair musicians in several states, and her students are now performing in professional orchestras, teaching in institutions such as Juilliard and Western Kentucky University, and leading elementary and high school music programs.

As a performer, Fader has extensive experience in professional orchestras and has performed as soloist and in ensembles in Canada, across the United States and in Europe. She has earned awards, and has performed on numerous recordings and premieres, such as Roger Doyle’s award-winning recording, “Babel” where her performance was labeled “an extraordinary mini-concerto…” in Wire magazine.

She has been a supporting musician for artists such as Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Glen Campbell and many others. Her Bachelor of Music and teaching certification are from University of British Columbia, Canada, her Master’s from University of Washington, and her Doctorate in Horn Performance from Florida State University. She holds a current teacher certification, and is a member of the International Horn Society, Phi Kappa Lambda, College Music Society and the American Federation of Musicians.

Women's Choir Conductor

Dr. Brent RogersSince the fall of 2015, Dr. Brent Rogers has served as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Dickinson State University, where he conducts the DSU Chorale, DSU Chamber Singers, and Dickinson Choral Union. Under his direction, the DSU choirs have been consistently praised for their performances, and continue to draw larger and larger audiences, including a full house for their 2015 holiday concert at Assumption Abbey in Richardton. Recently, Dr. Rogers and the DSU choirs were honored by an invitation to perform Mozart’s Requiem as part of a festival choir at New York’s famed Carnegie Hall. The DSU Chamber Singers will participate in this performance in March of 2017.

As a graduate student at the University of Arizona, Dr. Rogers was awarded a prestigious graduate assistantship to serve as conductor of the UA Collegium Musicum, the University’s primary early music ensemble. His performances with the Collegium showcased a wide variety of well-known and lesser-known repertoire from the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and often included choral-orchestral works. Prior to coming to UA, Dr. Rogers served as Professor of Music at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona, where he conducted the AWC Chamber Singers and Yuma Chorale. Under his direction, the Chamber Singers performed for the first time at the Northern Arizona University Jazz/Madrigal Festival, where they were praised by their adjudicator as being among the finest ensembles at the Festival.

Having begun his musical training as a pianist, Dr. Rogers’ first two years of college were spent pursuing a degree in piano performance. In his third year he changed his major to choral music education, and transferred to Brigham Young University, where he sang for five years with the internationally-acclaimed BYU Singers. For three of those years he served as their assistant conductor while pursuing a master’s degree in choral conducting. During his time in grad school at BYU and UA, Dr. Rogers had the unique opportunity to participate in choral music making at a very high level in an unusually broad range of repertoire, from intimate and unaccompanied to large-scale symphonic, and from the Renaissance up through the present day. He has consistently been asked to serve as a soloist in the choral ensembles in which he sings, and has also sung professionally with the Tucson Chamber Artists and Brevitas. Dr. Rogers will perform as the baritone soloist in the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra’s 2016 production of Handel’s Messiah.

In addition to his activities as a conductor and singer, Dr. Rogers teaches courses in Aural Skills, Vocal Methods, Lyric Diction, Conducting, Music History, and Music Education. He has a particular passion for diction, and enjoys helping students to understand the nuances of foreign language pronunciation. His research interests include choral music in the Medieval period, and the nineteenth-century French Requiem tradition.

Mixed Choir Conductor

Timothy J. CampbellTimothy J. Campbell is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of South Dakota where he conducts the Concert Choir, Men's and Women's Chorus, and teaches courses in choral literature, applied voice, and music theory. He previously served on the faculty of West Virginia University as Interim Director of Choral Activities, and has also served as associate director for Men's Consort Houston, and the CORO Vocal Artists. As a singer (tenor), Dr. Campbell has performed with numerous professional ensembles around the country, including the Grammy® award-winning ensemble Conspirare, The Rose Ensemble, VocalEssence, The Singers, Tucson Chamber Artists, Houston Chamber Choir, Cantare Houston, and the South Dakota Chorale. Dr. Campbell holds degrees from the University of Arizona (D.M.A.), the University of Minnesota (M.M.), and Bemidji State University (B.S.).